Understanding Gastrointestinal Health

June 19, 2024

The Connection to Functional Health
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Gastrointestinal (GI) issues can significantly impact an individual’s overall health and well-being.

In this article, we will explore the most common GI problems, the role of diet in gut health, the symptoms and treatments of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the importance of probiotics and prebiotics. Additionally, we will discuss how Sarana Health can help you on your journey towards better gastrointestinal and functional health.

Common GI issues & Management:

The most common GI issues include heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions can be managed effectively through lifestyle changes, medication, and in some cases, surgery. Maintaining a balanced diet, managing stress, and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall GI health.

Diet and gut health:

Diet plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Consuming a diet rich in fiber, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can support gut health. Conversely, consuming processed foods, high-fat foods, and excessive sugar can contribute to GI issues. A healthy diet can help regulate bowel movements, reduce inflammation, and promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

IBS is a common condition characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel movements. Symptoms can vary from person to person, and diagnosis is often made through a process of elimination. Treatment for IBS may include dietary changes, stress management, and medication. Working with a healthcare professional, like those at Sarana Health, can help you develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms effectively.

Probiotics & Prebiotics:

Probiotics are live bacteria that can help restore the balance of gut flora*, while prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. Both can play a crucial role in maintaining gut health. Consuming probiotic rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables, as well as prebiotic rich foods like onions, garlic, and bananas, can help support a healthy digestive system.

Sarana Health and Gastrointestinal Health:

Sarana Health is a comprehensive health and wellness platform that focuses on functional health, including gastrointestinal health. Our team of healthcare professionals can help you identify and address the root causes of your GI issues, develop personalized treatment plans, and provide ongoing support to help you achieve optimal gut health.

In conclusion

Understanding the connection between gastrointestinal health and functional health is essential for overall well-being. By addressing common GI issues, maintaining a healthy diet, managing IBS symptoms, and incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your routine, you can improve your gut health and overall quality of life. Sarana Health can be a valuable resource in your journey towards better gastrointestinal and functional health.

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Posted by Nicole Ogloza-Gupta  PMP, PMI-ACP
Nicole is the Operations and Product Lead at Sarana Health, where she specializes in propelling the team to prominence through strategic systems engineering and product implementations. Her mission is to unlock the full potential of Sarana Health, enabling them to provide clients with “health freedom” and enhance the quality of life for individuals. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. She was a former 2x World Team USA athlete and has demonstrated her commitment to excellence, which she now applies to her belief in the transformative power of functional health. 

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This article is for informational and educational use only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Consult your health and wellness provider for more information.

*Gut flora, also known as the gut microbiota, refers to the diverse and complex community of microorganisms that reside in our gastrointestinal tract. These tiny residents are primarily bacteria, but also include viruses, fungi, and other microscopic organisms. They play a crucial role in our digestive health, immune system function, and overall well-being.

Think of your gut as a bustling metropolis, with each microbe playing a unique role in maintaining the city’s infrastructure. Some microbes help break down food, while others produce essential vitamins and metabolites. They also work together to keep the city safe from harmful invaders, like pathogens that could cause illness.

In a healthy gut, the flora is diverse and balanced, like a thriving ecosystem. However, factors like diet, medication, and stress can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to an overgrowth of certain microbes or a decrease in diversity. This imbalance, known as dysbiosis, can contribute to various health issues, including digestive disorders, allergies, and even mental health conditions.

So, the next time you think about your gut, remember that it’s not just a simple tube for processing food; it’s a bustling metropolis of microbes working tirelessly to keep you healthy and happy. And if you ever find yourself feeling a bit off, it might be worth considering if your gut flora is in need of a little TLC.


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